You’ve gotta be born with it

CaliforMiacation

I once knew an acting coach who adamantly stated that “you can’t teach someone how to act — either you have it, or you don’t.” Funny thing to say, I have to admit, for someone who made a living teaching people to act. But, as she used to say, if
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A frozen force

HIGHER EDUCATION: The UC and CSU tuition freeze is great news for students and a result of legislators heeding to their advocacy and demonstration.

Sometimes progress and stagnation are one in the same. With a tuition freeze in California’s 2012-13 budget, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed last Wednesday, students in the UC and CSU systems will not face increasing education costs in the coming school year.
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Just what the doctor ordered

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a victory for America.

The Supreme Court’s Thursday decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has dominated the country’s discourse. There has been nonstop talk and speculation regarding the political implications on both sides.
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A testing cleanse of technology

Michelle's mish-mosh

From all-juice diets to deep-pore facials to wardrobe purges, popular culture has wholeheartedly embraced the phenomenon known as the cleanse. The unofficial ideology of cleanse culture is that forgoing something in this materialistic, over-indulgent society will instantly provide a clear perspective and a fresh platform for bettering oneself. Not wanting
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A medium of avoiding reality

Salas in solace

I have an addictive personality. It’s nothing too serious. Never drugs, not alcohol. It’s mostly media. Or, more accurately, all media. Television, movies, music and my current vice of choice, video games. I’ll admit it, I’ve almost completely engrossed myself in the modern world of gaming. I’ve played everything from
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Escaping from yourself

CaliforMiacation

Lots of people like who they are and are proud of the qualities that make them unique. But what about those of us who were born with some less-than-desirable traits? What about those of us who don’t always like being who we are? There’s a common saying that people never change.
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Fright in shining armor

CAMPUS ISSUES: UCPD is seeking funding for an armored vehicle. We consider this to be an unnecessary tool that sends the wrong message.

UC Berkeley: home of the Free Speech Movement, the Campanile, elite academics and athletics — and an armored vehicle? The Berkeley Police Department, Albany Police Department and UCPD recently combined forces to acquire funding for an armored vehicle — a bad idea with potentially detrimental effects.
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